Metz vs Lens prediction, odds & betting tips 12/04/2024

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Metz vs Lens prediction
Metz and Lens are both in desperate need of three points, but for different reasons – Photo by Icon Sport

Metz and Lens find themselves at different ends of the Ligue 1 table which makes this a very interesting clash. The hosts find themselves five points from safety with just six games left to play, while Lens are hoping to secure European football for the second season running.

Metz vs Lens prediction: Must-win game for both sides

Metz vs Lens predictions
Our pick

🔥Hot tip

Both Teams to score

⚽ Correct score prediction

Metz 1-3 Lens

⚽ Anytime goalscorer prediction

Wesley Said

Key stats

  • Metz have won just two of their 13 home league games this season
  • It's just one league defeat away from home in 2024 for Lens
  • Lens have scored in five straight away clashes

Pre-game odds and win probability: Lens expected to pick up a routine victory

Home: 7/2 (4.5) – 22.2%

Draw: 5/2 (3.5) – 28.6%

Away: 4/5 (1.8) – 55.6%

Given the gulf between these two sides on the pitch and in the Lugue 1 table, it wouldn't be a shock for many to opt against putting on an outright winner. If that's you, then be sure to check out some of the free betting tips that we offer which you may find more appealing.

We have been analysing and looking at the Premier League's relegation battle on our betting insights page, and you may wish to look into the odds of Metz dropping down into Ligue 2 given their precarious position.

Last five H2Hs: History is certainly on Metz's side

Despite being much further down in the league table and fighting for their life, Metz will certainly take heart from the last five clashes against Lens having lost just one of them and even that, was away from home.

France Ligue 1 16/09/23

Lens

Lens

0
Metz

Metz

1

France Ligue 1 13/03/22

Metz

Metz

0
Lens

Lens

0

France Ligue 1 24/10/21

Lens

Lens

4
Metz

Metz

1

France Ligue 1 14/03/21

Lens

Lens

2
Metz

Metz

2

France Ligue 1 19/12/20

Metz

Metz

2
Lens

Lens

0

Metz preview: A turnaround in form is desperately required

It was just one defeat in their five opening Ligue 1 games for Metz, but since then they've stated dfeta on 16 occasions, including each of their last three outings. So, if Metz are going to have a chance of at least getting into the relegation play-off spot, they need to turn around their woeful form as soon as possible.

Predicted lineup: Oukidja (GK) – Udol, Cande, Traore, Kouao – Jean Jacques, Camara, Atta – Lamkel Ze, Mikautadze, Jallow

France Ligue 1 12/04/24

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Lens

Lens

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Metz

Metz

2

France Ligue 1 07/04/24

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Brest

Brest

4

Metz

Metz

3

France Ligue 1 30/03/24

L

Monaco

Monaco

5

Metz

Metz

2

France Ligue 1 17/03/24

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Reims

Reims

2

Metz

Metz

1

France Ligue 1 10/03/24

W

Clermont Foot

Clermont Foot

0

Metz

Metz

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Lens preview: The last push for Europe starts now

After a stunning season last time out where they secured Champions League football, Lens are looking to finish in at least the top six this term. The French side are one point behind Nice who occupy the one and only Europa Conference League spot, so that is certainly the goal between now and the end of the campaign.

Predicted lineup: Samba (GK) – Gradit, Danso, Medina – Frankowski, Abdul Samed, Diouf, Aguilar – Pereira da Costa – Said, Sotoca

France Ligue 1 12/04/24

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Metz

Metz

2

Lens

Lens

1

France Ligue 1 06/04/24

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Le Havre

Le Havre

1

Lens

Lens

1

France Ligue 1 29/03/24

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Lille

Lille

2

Lens

Lens

1

France Ligue 1 16/03/24

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Nice

Nice

3

Lens

Lens

1

France Ligue 1 09/03/24

W

Brest

Brest

0

Lens

Lens

1

Lens' experienced Florian Sotoca
Florian Sotoca has created the most shooting opportunities in the Lens squad this season – Photo by Icon Sport

Player to watch: Florian Sotoca

Florian Sotoca has certainly been rolling back the years in Ligue 1 this term leading the line superbly well for Lens. The Frenc striker is set to turn 34 years old later this year, but that has not stopped him from starting almost every league game this season.

Everything creative goes through Sotoca

Despite now being in the twilight years of his career, Sotoca is leading the way in the Lens squad when it comes to both shot and goal-creating actions this season. So, if Lens are to get any measurable joy against a resilient Metz side, Sotocsa is likely to be in the thick of it.


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